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Use the Gradebook Option, “Message Students Who…”

Last updated on October 19, 2021

When you’re grading, it can be helpful to send a quick message to a specific group of students. For example, you may want to send a reminder to all students who have not yet submitted an assignment, or maybe you want to send a message to students who received a certain grade or lower to offer a make-up opportunity. You can use the Canvas Gradebook to send a Canvas message to certain groups of students for a given assignment.

Please Note: Canvas will not send an email to their MSU Denver email address but rather a message in their Canvas inbox. If a student has adjusted their settings in Canvas to receive email notifications, they may also receive an email. Not all students will have this enabled.


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  1. Go to MSU Denver’s Faculty and Staff Hub.
  2. Click Canvas in the Teaching & Learning section.
  3. Log in to your Canvas Account.
  4. Select the Course you’d like to work in.
  5. Click on Grades from the Course Navigation Menu on the left.
  6. Select the Assignment you wish to message students about.
  7. Click on the More Options Menu (three vertical dots) next to the assignment title in the column heading.
  8. Select Message Students Who.
  9. Choose which Group of Students you wish to send a Canvas message to.
    • Note: Options include Haven’t Submitted Yet, Haven’t Been Graded, Scored Less Than, and Scored More Than.
  10. Type a Score if you selected Scored Less Than or Scored More Than.
  11. Click the X next to the name of any students you wish to exclude from the Canvas message.
  12. Type a Subject Line for the message.
  13. Type a Message for the body of the message.
  14. Click Send Message.